Tag: Self-Improvement

In a Book-Buying Mood

 

I dislike acquiring stuff. You only own things in part; in part the things own you. I also have too many unread books already. My shelves are nearly full. And despite my best attempts to convince myself otherwise, I want more books.

I’ve been jotting down a list of books that I need to look up and read sometime. A couple quick notes from it:

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The purpose of the ninety-day challenge is to establish a new good habit. Anything you do for ninety days in a row should become a habit. Having a bit of public accountability for your attempt to form a new habit might mean a slightly higher chance of success. If you sign up here, you will […]

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It’s coming. You can see it’s dorsal fin cutting through the waters of time towards you. It’s the next 90-Day Challenge. The purpose of the ninety-day challenge is to establish a new good habit. Anything you do for ninety days in a row should become a habit. Having a bit of public accountability for your […]

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Happy New You! Our next 90-day challenge begins today. What’s a 90-day Challenge? It’s an opportunity to get something done or develop a new habit. How does it work? You commit to doing something for the ninety-day period in writing in this thread. Those who sign up then encourage each other and report on their […]

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Making and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

 

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” — Epictetus

If you want to make a change, start now instead of waiting for some arbitrary date on the calendar. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when new year’s resolution time rolls around. Then comes January 17 and March 22 and October 12 and I still haven’t gotten around to setting some modest goals let alone achieving them.

So, 2018 is one of the rare years I’ll actually write down some resolutions. I haven’t done this in several years, however, so I’ve accumulated so many goals that I’ll fill up several color-coded Excel spreadsheets and need to borrow an architect’s plotter printer for the Gantt chart. Hopefully, I can thin down my list before the clock strikes Midnight.

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The next 90-Day Challenge is coming, starting January 1st. What is a 90-Day Challenge? It’s an opportunity to form a new good habit. If one does something for 90-days in a row, it becomes a habit. Of course, if you want to form a new bad habit, that’s alright, too, but if it’s something illegal, […]

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Hey all,I am planning to delve back into my history studies with the intention of getting a Ph.D.  Yes, I am aware of the lack of jobs and all that.  I am pursuing this degree purely for personal fulfillment and I am currently employed as a high school history teacher.  Because I am focusing on […]

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Nerds Got Game?

 

Perhaps those most hurt by a lack of entrenched social conventions are among the least conventional people: nerds. I don’t mean “nerds” as an insult: the most interesting people I know are nerds. I’m one, too. But we lack the social adroitness that comes to others so seemingly effortlessly.

Nerds are very good at games, as long as the rules are made clear. But, for whatever reason – like maybe, lack of clear rules – we’re less skilled at gaming social interactions. Moreover, when it comes to affairs of the heart, many of us are also handicapped by an embarrassingly romantic nature: we’re interested in finding a soulmate, not merely in playing the mating game to “win” (whether measured in number of conquests or in their social status).

What Are You Currently Learning?

 

Being in education, I constantly hear the term “life-long learners.”  I don’t exactly know what bureaucrats mean by that, since they appear to only get credits to become more powerful through credentialization.  In fact, when you know something outside the scope of your degree or job description, they tend to act confused and even skeptical.  “How could you know that? you didn’t go to school for that!”

However, I’m a big advocate of “You can always learn new things,, and that you should when time, hopefully, permits.  Last year, I taught myself C++ with the help of a few books and YouTube.  Currently, I’m teaching myself Unity, the development software, which requires a healthy dose of C#.  Very fun, but very challenging.